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Travel Blogs from Dumaguete
... thing beeping.
Ok, locals aren't always right. I ditch them and head up some steep stairs.
The passenger level has a few hundred plastic chairs. I go outside where it's slightly cooler and find a row of four empty seats next to the railing. I dump my stuff and sweat for a while.
It's starts to fill up, but I manage to hang onto my four seats by sitting on the end, feet up, earphones in, chewing gum and trying to look cool.
Yeah, I was ...
I ended up staying 3 nights in Dumagete, mostly because I met some nice people there and I had nowhere to go until Thursday.
On my first full day I did some sightseeing- Dumagete really is a beautiful city, clean, friendly.
The pier is really beautiful, there are some sights- an old church, a statue of Rizal as always, a bell tower where people buy candles of ...
... the whale sharks were excellent. Very calm, confident and yet attentive and careful. They controlled the situation while treating the fish with a certain respect.
We dried off, had a quick breakfast, and flagged down a bus heading to Cebu city. It was a three hour ride and this will be our last stop before leaving the Philippines. It was a great experience to be in the water with these wonderful creatures - I only hope the pics do it all ...
... than it was in Vietnam, we could see for around 20-25m underwater and the corals and the fish were incredible, so we put ourselves down for the next dive as well, then one for the next day and the morning before we left as well. All in all a very different Christmas Day.
The final dive we did on Apo Island just before leaving was the best one we've ever done, this was the dive site to see the big fish and it did not disappoint, it was called Coconut and it ...
... about was This is going to be a scoop! Then my suspense broke when the occupants told us that he went out to town for house visits. What?! It started raining heavily as we left for the hilltop barangay Cantabon where we stopped an hour for shelter. Cantabon although tiny in size, is actually a rather serene place to be in.
I learnt from chatting with Cantabon residents that many had previously worked in Singapore in the 90s as domestic helpers ...